The Exiles at Home

Hilary McKay

Ages 9-12
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30 May 2019
208 pages

The Conroy sisters are back! In Hilary Mckay's second book in The Exiles series, The Exiles at Home, the four delightfully troublesome siblings manage to get themselves into yet more mischief.

When Ruth Conroy decides to sponsor a child in Africa, she is unprepared for the monthly monetary commitment and is shocked by how difficult it is to find £10 a month . . . In desperation, she enlists the help of her sisters – but Phoebe, Naomi and Rachel are only too eager to think up eccentric fundraising schemes, including wholly undisciplined and unsuitable baby-sitters, an unhygienic catering service and a fraudulent street artist. Whatever the scheme, their hilarious projects never fail to cause chaos and mayhem.

McKay has a genius for comedy

The Sunday Times

Farce and genuine soft-hearted concern here mix wonderfully

The Guardian

McKay has created a boisterous, chaotic family which always makes me want to rush out and adopt three sisters